Local authors Rosanna Battigelli and Nikki Koski will be hanging out at Bay Used Books all day on April 30.
They won't just be there to browse through the downtown store's ample reading material, although given their enthusiasm for books, they might not be able to resist picking up a tome or two (or 10).
The women are participating in Canadian Authors for Indies Day, where authors show their appreciation for independent bookstores by volunteering as guest booksellers.
Authors for Indies Day gave participating bookstores an average boost of 18.5 per cent in sales last year, according to the event's web page.
Koski, the author of The Cottage Rules: An owner's guide to the rights & responsibilities of sharing recreational property, said she's appreciative Bay Used Books sells her book, and wants to give back.
“There are over 300 lakes here and a lot of cottage owners,” she said. “I'm glad there's a place they can find a hard copy of my book.”
Battigelli, a recently retired elementary school teacher, said she supports local businesses, and wants to encourage other people to discover what Bay Used Books has to offer, especially her former students.
She's had several short stories published in Canadian anthologies, including in "Along the 46th," an anthology put out by the new local publishing company Latitude 46 last fall. It's also carried at Bay Used Books.
“I encourage anybody who will read this article and remembers Mrs. B to come and chat on Authors for Indies Day on April 30,” she said. “Many of my schoolchildren have shown their interest and love of books.”
Battigelli, who participated in Authors for Indies at a North Bay store last year, has also written a novel set in 19th century Italy that's currently under consideration by publishers.
Bay Used Books owner Anne Bouffard said she loves the whole concept of Authors for Indies.
“It's nice there's organizations out there that are going to help us,” she said. “Any time we can get the word out about Bay Used Books, it's great. There's still a lot of people in Sudbury who have lived here all their lives who don't know about us.”
She invites anyone who hasn't been to Bay Used Books before to come and check it out. “We have more books that Chapters or the library, I think,” Bouffard said. “It's worth it to come and visit.”